Auburn University is fortunate to have a dedicated group of student environmentalists on campus who make up the Environmental Awareness Organization (EAO). EAO members have regular meetings which usually involve a special activity or speaker meant to enrich their knowledge of environmental issues. Although the group is small they manage to support many environmental initiatives around Auburn including game-day recycling, the Green Living Workshop, the Recycled Art Workshop, and Earth Fest.

Each year local bands, vendors, and other environmental organizations set up stage in the Donald E. Davis Arboretum on Auburn University’s campus for an all day event called EarthFest, which is open to the public. Not only is EarthFest an opportunity for folks to celebrate Earth Day, it’s an opportunity for environmental organizations to promote their causes, and a fundraiser for EAO. This year’s EarthFest was a huge success!

AWW Display at 2012 EarthFest

Throughout the years many members of the EAO have become AWW water monitors, and have monitored sites throughout the Auburn area. They understand the mission of AWW and feel that it is an important organization for Alabama. As a gesture of their support to AWW, EAO decided to donate portion of their EarthFest proceeds to AWW. On April 25th, EAO members presented AWW with a check for $500!

AWW is very appreciative of this generous gift! This donation will allow new monitors to be certified through AWW workshops, and will provide chemicals to active monitors so that they can continue to collect valuable water data.  This group of young, dedicated, and giving individuals should be an inspiration to us all and a glimpse of what the future of Alabama’s environmental movement can be. Thanks again EAO!

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